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Review: Barefoot Gen: The Day After

Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After - Project Gen, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman

Barefoot Gen: The Day After, the second book in the Barefoot Gen series, picks up right where its predecessor left off. Nakazawa left many of the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima for this second volume. Though there are many journeys and themes in this volume, it seemed more cohesive than Volume 1. The severity of the situation has set in for both the reader and Gen, and this gives significance to every event, leaving little room for comic mischief. Though the two are very similar in style and story, I'd say The Day After is a slight improvement on the previous volume.